LEXINGTON, Ky. – Belmont University Volleyball has earned the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization on Monday.
The Bruins, who have received this honor for the 13th time since 2001, were part of a record breaking 1,125 teams spanning the ranks of NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, NJCAA, High School Girls and Boys, and two-year colleges and beach volleyball. This number breaks the previous year's total of 973 to set an all-time high.
Belmont is also one of seven programs from the Ohio Valley Conference to earn the honor for the 2018-19 campaign. BU is also one of only five Division I universities in the state of Tennessee to receive the honor.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,125.
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 25-year history, with exactly 9,586 awards been given out in total.
Belmont opens its 2019 campaign, under new head coach Katelyn Harrison, in the friendly confines of the Curb Event Center when its hosts the annual Bruiser Showcase, August 30-31.
For the complete 2018-19 AVCA Team Academic Award list, please click here.